Department Chair:
Arlene Forman

Administrative Assistant:
Polly Bratton

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8650
Fax: (440) 775-6355

Peters Hall 222
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Polina Dimova

Polina Dimova
Contact Information


Peters Hall G36
(440) 775-6759

Personal Office Hours:
Monday 1:30 -2:30 pm,
Thursday 3:00-4:00,
by appointment

Polina Dimova

Polina Dimova

Polina Dimova

Educational Background

  • University of Sofia, Bulgaria, 1996-1998
  • Bachelor of Arts, Smith College, 2001
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 2010

Currently a Mellon Assistant Professor at Oberlin College, Polina Dimova received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley.

Polina Dimova specializes in Russian, German, and English literatures of the nineteenth and twentieth century with an emphasis on the relations among literature, music, and the visual arts in Russian and European Modernism. Her current research focuses on the discourses of synaesthesia at the fin-de-siècle and the Modernist InterArts. She has presented and published on Oscar Wilde, Richard Strauss, Alexander Scriabin, the Russian Symbolists, Sergei Prokofiev, Velimir Khlebnikov, Leo Tolstoy, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Her most recent publications include Decadent Senses: The Dissemination of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé Across the Arts” (in Ashgate’s Performing Salome, Revealing Stories) and “The Apocalyptic Dispersion of Light into Poetry and Music: Aleksandr Skriabin in the Russian Religious Imagination” (in ASP’s Shapes of Apocalypse).

At the Oberlin Russian Department, Dimova has taught Intermediate Russian language and the Russian Senior Seminar on Mikhail Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita. In Comparative Literature, she has developed new InterArts courses on literary, visual, and musical Modernism and synaesthesia, and on visual theory in conjunction with the Allen Memorial Art Museum and the Conservatory: “The Color of Music: Decadence and Symbolism Across the Arts”; “Modernism and Music”; and “Picture Theory.” These courses have offered creative and performing opportunities for Oberlin students across the College and the Conservatory. In Fall 2013, Dimova will teach the new course “Introduction to Translation” in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing, drawing on her experience translating Bulgarian literature into English. Polina Dimova comes from Varna, Bulgaria and is a proficient violinist and a composer. Recently she has played with the Oberlin Arts & Sciences Orchestra, and her works for strings have been performed and recorded by Oberlin Conservatory graduates. For samples of Polina’s creative work, please, visit <> and <>.